Press Release

Morgan Lewis Singapore Office Managing Partner Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

April 08, 2016

SINGAPORE, April 8, 2016: Morgan Lewis today announced that Suet-Fern Lee, Managing Partner of its Singapore office, has been honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by Chambers and Partners.

This is only the fourth time that Chambers Asia-Pacific has given this award, and Ms. Lee is the first woman to be conferred the honor. After graduating with a double first in law from Cambridge University in 1980 and qualifying as a Barrister-at-Law in 1981, she started work in London with Norton Rose before basing herself in Singapore, serving clients in the region. Ms. Lee advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt capital markets, and corporate finance. She is ranked in Band 1 in the Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global guides in the Singapore Corporate/M&A category. 

Chambers based the Lifetime Achievement Award on its own research in light of business developments in the market over the last year. Winners are selected from among lawyers who are senior and well-established, are highly respected and ranked, and have made a significant contribution to the market as a whole or to a particular practice area.  

The international business community and media recognize Ms. Lee as a business leader and pioneer. Legal publications and directories have consistently praised her work and acknowledged her as a leading lawyer in the practice areas of banking, capital markets, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Asian Legal Business awarded her its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Euromoney honored Ms. Lee with its Asia Women Business Law Award for mergers and acquisitions and private equity in 2012 and 2013, and Best Lawyers Mergers & Acquisitions named her Lawyer of the Year in those years. In addition, she has been shortlisted for Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Asia Business in Law Awards for the past three consecutive years. In June 2015, she was named a finalist for Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyer of the Year Award (Asia-Pacific), with the publication noting her status as one of Singapore’s top M&A lawyers and referring to her as a “true agent of change.”

As a contributor to the community, Ms. Lee has taken a leadership role in a number of organizations, including as a member of the board of the World Justice Project, an independent multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world. She is a member of the executive committee of the Senate of the Singapore Academy of Law, where she also chairs the committees on Convergence and Harmonisation of Laws in Asia as well as on Legal Education and Studies. Ms. Lee is a member of the advisory board of the Law School at Singapore Management University, where she also chairs the Centre of Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia’s Expert Panel, and is a trustee for Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is a former president of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

Ms. Lee also served as a member of the board of directors of various publicly listed companies in Singapore and internationally. She currently serves as director on the boards of global Fortune 100 companies AXA and Sanofi.